Marie Watkins Clontz

marie clontz

April 27, 1924 ~ November 26, 2022

Born in: Woodfin, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Marie Watkins Clontz died on Saturday, November 26, 2022. Born April 27, 1924, she was a daughter of Edgar and Lucinda Watkins. She was a longtime member of Grace Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School classes and participated in missions classes and activities.

After having served in schools of Buncombe County for thirty-two years, Marie retired in 1979 as principal of Woodfin Elementary School, the same school where she had begun her formal education.

In addition to her parents, Marie was predeceased by Homer Clontz, her husband of fifty-nine years; grandson Joel Sanders; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Orville Myers and Bernette and F.B. Chambers.

Surviving Marie are her son Stanford Clontz and daughter and son-in-law Beth and Clay Sanders; three grandchildren and spouses and a great grandson; and a number of special, caring nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 30 Meadows Road, Asheville, NC 28803, or to Haywood Street Congregation, P.O. Box 2982, Asheville, NC 28802.

We will be placing the urn on Monday, December 5, at 3:00 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Friends are welcome to join us. We will gather afterwards at 4:30 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in West Asheville, and friends are invited to drop by and share memories. – Beth and Stan 


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. So many years of memories. Mrs. Clontz not only taught me in three different English classes at Erwin, but was the mother of one of my closest lifelong friends. She was a dear sweet lady who loved her students and her family and will be missed. Rest In peace, Ms Marie, in your heavenly home. We rejoice in knowing we will see you again.
    Stan, Beth and Clay and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. I would not have the life I have today we’re it not for this Godly woman who gave me a chance to become her Secretary in 1976. She was a great influence on me and made me believe in myself. She was my friend and a true vessel used of God. Heaven is sweeter with her there.

  3. Marie was a wonderful woman and school teacher she was my teacher at one time and to Marie’s family i am so sorry for the loss of your mother.and stand and Marie your mother will be missed and you have my prayers with all my heart SONDRA chambers

  4. I loved Marie with all my heart. She was my teacher at Erwin and my boss at Woodfin. She was so good to me. I visited her in the nursing home. Makes me so sad.

  5. Dear Clontz family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Marie. She was admired by so many for her strength of character and faith in God. We are praying that each of you feel God’s grace and mercy through this time.

  6. Mrs. Clontz was one of my English teachers during my time at Erwin High School. She always made it interesting, and gave genuine encouragement to my writing. I am so grateful to her for that support. Her daughter, Beth, was in my grade, and one of my closest friends, 6th through 12th grade. From what I have been told, Mrs. Clontz was still sharp and correcting peoples’ English as recently as 2 months ago- I’m sure she could take a pencil and make a few corrections right now. She lived a long life full of love and giving. Her next assignment may be to look over St. Peter’s shoulder to make sure he dots all the i’s, and crosses all the t’s. All of her family is in my thoughts at this time as we honor her passing.

  7. I was fortunate to have Mrs. Clontz for English in 8th grade at West Buncombe in 1961-62. She was an excellent teacher and taught us to diagram sentences (likely not taught now). Her handwriting was impeccable and impressed upon us that ours should be also to the point that we practiced cursive. She shared with our class the book, “Birdlife in Winston,” which taught practical lessons and ideas through bird characters. To her family, I send condolences, sympathy and peace as you grieve the death of your dear Mother and teacher. Blessings, Janet Boyd Webb

  8. Mrs Clontz was my eighth grade teacher and was my favorite teacher ever. She was inspirational and, because of her encouragement, I went to college. I extend condolences to her family and to all those closest to her. May God bring you peace and comfort during this time of great loss.

  9. Mrs Clontz was one of my favorite teachers. She as so encouraging and one of the best teachers I had. To her family I pray for peace during this time.


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